No, these pictures aren’t PhotoShopped. For some NFL players, they spend nearly their entire career with one team that we tend to forget their final NFL season when they play elsewhere or their early years where a team gave up on him too soon. While everyone remembers Jerry Rice playing in Oakland or Emmitt Smith playing for the Cardinals, here are 20 other players who spent time with a team that you may have forgotten about. For some, they didn’t even make it out of the pre-season with their new team, so you’re sure to do a double take.
John Lynch – New England Patriots
Before becoming a general manager for the 49ers, John Lynch was one of the hardest hitting safeties in the NFL for Tampa Bay and Denver. After being released by Denver in 2008, he signed a one-year deal with New England, but didn’t make it out of final roster cuts.
Jerry Rice – Denver Broncos
Sure, you probably remember the greatest receiver of all time spending a few seasons in Oakland. You may even remember his brief stint with Seattle, where Steve Largent allowed him to wear No. 80, but it’s hard to remember Rice wearing No. 19 in Denver. Rice signed with the Broncos but retired once he learned he would be on the bottom of the team’s depth chart.
Kurt Warner – New York Giants
Nestled in between leading the Rams and Cardinals to the Super Bowl, Warner had a one-year stint with the Giants where he was the Giants starter for nine games before being unseated by rookie Eli Manning. No quarterback besides Manning has started for the Giants since.
Eddie George – Dallas Cowboys
Eddie George won the Heisman Trophy at Ohio State and made two All-Pro squads with the Titans, but he ended his career in Dallas where he rushed for just 432 yards and four touchdowns in 2004 – both career lows.
Shaun Alexander – Washington Redskins
After spending eight seasons with the Seahawks, Alexander became Clinton Portis’ backup in 2008 after the team lost Ladell Betts, but his stay lasted just four games, where he got only 11 carries for 24 yards. He was released that November and never signed with another team.
Maurice Jones-Drew – Oakland Raiders
More people are likely to remember this since it was recent, but the 2011 NFL rushing yards leader was quiet in 2014, tallying just 43 rushes for the Raiders as Darren McFadden and Latavius Murray took the lions share of the carries.
Arian Foster – Miami Dolphins
Sure, it happened just a year ago, but how many people actually remember Foster playing in Miami? Jay Ajayi had a breakout season that helped force Foster to retire midseason.
Brett Favre – Atlanta Falcons
Favre was drafted by Atlanta in the second round of the 1991 NFL Draft, but they quickly gave up on him, shipping him to Green Bay a year later for a first round pick (which would become Tony Smith). Favre won a Super Bowl for Green Bay and was a three-time MVP winner.
Deion Sanders – Baltimore Ravens
After the 2000 NFL season, Sanders shockingly retired after one year of a seven-year pact he signed with the Redskins. He would end his retirement in 2004 – at age 37 – so he could play with Ray Lewis. He would play two seasons before retiring again.
Steve Largent – Houston Oilers
Houston drafted Largent, an All-American from Tulsa, in the fourth round of the 1976 NFL Draft, but he almost didn’t make it out of final cuts. Instead, he was traded to the Seahawks for an eighth round pick. Largent would retire owning every major receiving record.
Terrell Owens – Cincinnati Bengals
Owens isn’t in the Hall of Fame, and voters are making ridiculously awful takes as to why, and while Owens will be remembered for his time with the 49ers, Eagles and Cowboys, he also had one-year stints with Buffalo and Cincinnati. For the Bengals, he put up a respectable 983 receiving yards and nine touchdowns in 14 games before tearing his ACL.
Randy Moss – Tennessee Titans
I fondly remember this as I actually owned his Titans jersey. Moss played for three teams in in 2010, starting with New England before being traded to Minnesota. His homecoming to the Vikings soured quickly and he was waived, where the Titans were the only team to place a claim on him. In eight games for the Titans, Moss recorded six catches for 80 yards.
Orlando Pace – Chicago Bears
A member of the 2000s All-Decade team, Pace was a corerstone of the Greatest Show on Turf’s offensive line before signing a three-year deal with the Bears in 2009. He would only last one year where a groin injury forced him to be a reserve behind former first round pick Chris Williams.
Joe Namath – Los Angeles Rams
The worst quarterback in the Hall of Fame, Namath spent his final NFL season with the Rams. He began the season as the starter, but a poor showing on Monday night against the Bears where he threw four interceptions did him in as he was benched after.
Reggie White – Carolina Panthers
Most known for his time with Green Bay and Philadelphia, White came out of retirement to play one year for the Panthers, where he logged 5.5 sacks before retiring again.
Donovan McNabb – Minnesota Vikings
McNabb defecting from Philadelphia to division-rival Washington is well-known, but his time in Minnesota is nothing more than a footnote in his career. He would start six games in Minnesota, going 1-5 before losing his job to rookie Christian Ponder.
Kevin Greene – San Francisco 49ers
Currently coaching the Jets outside linebackers, Greene spent most of his career with the Rams before spending a few seasons with the Steelers and Panthers. In the middle of his two stints with Carolina, Greene played a season in San Francisco, where he posted 10.5 sacks.
Tim Brown – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Not willing to see his role decreased in Oakland, Brown was released by the Raiders in 2004 and signed with the Bucs, who were coached by former Raider head coach Jon Gruden, after. He would log his 100th career touchdown that year, but retired as a Raider in 2005.
Adrian Peterson – New Orleans Saints
Sure, this may have just happened, but it’s just wrong. Given how he has been utilized in New Orleans, it’s hard to imagine people will remember this season from Peterson and it wouldn’t be surprising if he retires after the year.
Vince Young – Green Bay Packers
Young was the No. 3 overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft for the Titans, where he won Offensive Rookie of the Year but had a polarizing tenure with the Titans. He would join the Eagles in 2011 and was responsible for dubbing their offseason spending spree as the “Dream Team,” but few remember his career path after. He spent an offseason in Buffalo, Green Bay and Cleveland, but never made the final roster. Packers general manager Ted Thompson blamed himself for Young’s failure in Green Bay.